Ram Mask (Bolo)

possibly early 1900s
Overall: 45 x 36 x 36 cm (17 11/16 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Weight: 3.88 kg (8.55 lbs.)
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The mask was vividly painted while in use. Look closely at its surface to see traces of blue, red, and white paint.


Bolo masks are primarily danced for entertainment during communal occasions like funerals, male initiations, and harvest celebrations. Comprising both animal and human features, the mask––always worn by a male dancer––refers to the cultural significance of the ram, an animal associated with male aggression across sub-Saharan Africa.
Ram Mask (Bolo)

Ram Mask (Bolo)

possibly early 1900s

Africa, West Africa, Burkina Faso, Bobo-style blacksmith-carver

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